Rated 3 out of 5 by Carmel88 Typically like Instinct but...
My cats and I both typically like Instinct but I'm just not sure about this one - and I don't know if it's this particular formula or if NV is making changes, anyway - I have only used 2 cans so far - but I immediately notice a big lack of consistency. The first can I opened was definitely pate (but had this weird white stuff congealed at the top - I'm assuming fat, but was under impression venison is a lean meat?) and when spooning out the texture was VERY grainy - it literally felt like there was sand mixed in the with food. Can #2 was REALLY soupy/saucy more like a "stew" cat food and had TONS of peas and HUGE pieces of carrot. I will be very disappointed if NV is making big changes to their foods ....
September 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patti HIGH QUALITY
My three cats love this food and I love the quality ingredients. When researching canned food, it was important to me that the food had no grains, no artificial ingredients, no carrageenan and no guar gum. NV is one of the few that met those requirements. My cats' coats glisten, their eyes sparkle and they have energy. I highly recommend this food.
August 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ronn Tempted cat that wouldn't eat
AFTER trying 6 diff wet foods that were even same brand - this is only 1 my diabetic cat had interest in and he is in recovery after not eating for 3 wks. My internist vet allows me to mix this with his diabetic food & cat loves it. Only complaint is it smells after being put in fridge & becomes too flaky then so my cat doesn't want it after 1 day? Not sufficient gravy - THAT WOULD HELP.
July 31, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by ceezee Venison is great food for kitty with IBS and chicken allergy!
Having a hard time finding food for my Persian who has IBS and seems to be allergic to anything chicken. Nature's Variety Instinct Venison, Lamb and Rabbit were recommended to me. I ordered the venison and lamb from Chewy as I was having a hard time finding them at our local pet stores, The venison was fine but the lamb was more liquid than meat and must have been full of fat because it gave my kitty the runs big time. I had purchased it before and it was not like that, was more solid like the venison. I was disappointed because ordering it to my door was way easier than running all over town looking for it. For the price per can I expect better! Every can should be uniform in content and quality!
June 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by AndreaT High quality
I've read the ingredients on nearly every wet cat food product on this site. This is the only brand that has complete nutrition, but doesn't contain any potentially harmful ingredients, such as carrageenan and guar gum. Nature's Variety has informed me that they use dioxin-free calcium Montmorillonite clay in their products, which I've read has many health benefits.
July 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by SarahWI6884 Quality product
I have tried the rabbit, beef, venison, chicken, salmon, and duck. I recommend the smellier of the wet food: the salmon, chicken, and duck. Although all of the products are excellent, my cat seems to prefer the ones that have a stronger smell. The beef, rabbit, and venison have very little smell at all—something I think attests to the cleanness and quality of the meat—but my cat does not seem to enjoy it as much. As far as the beef, rabbit, and venison are concerned, the vet recommended warming the food in the microwave for 30 seconds to give the food a stronger smell. I do not like microwaves, so leaving the food out at room temperature seems to work for the beef, rabbit, and venison, although, once again, it is not a favorite. It is, however, worth a try like all Nature's Variety wet food products. It is the very best wet food I have encountered in my years as a pet owner, i.e. 10+ years. It is worth every penny.
February 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by 1lovely cat likes it
excellent food. my cat has food allergies. this one seems to help and he goobles it up.
May 15, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Elizabeth Excellent but be careful of the Peas if there are allergies
I was concerned about the "dryness" of this food after reading the reviews but they must have improved the formula because this food was moist and wet in my experience. My cats loved the Venison Flavor. One kitty has an allergy however and it seemed that every-time she ate NV brand, she would begin to scratch. After speaking with a Chewy Rep, they mentioned this could be the PEAS they use. Indeed the brand she does very well with (I and Love and You Rabbit) does NOT have Peas so this makes perfect sense. All of the NV foods are on an approved list of Cat Foods according to Dr. Jean Hofve's Book "What Cats Should Eat" so if you are looking for a quality food, I feel this is a good one and I think your cat will love the Venison Flavor. If your pet has food allergies however, you may want to be mindful of the peas used.
August 17, 2015